Plans for a new Prospect subdivision drum up traffic, nature concerns

Neighbors pack meeting with concerns over proposed Oldham County subdivision

PROSPECT, KY (WAVE) - Plans for a new subdivision in Prospect are prompting a lot of questions from the people who live nearby.

A public meeting about the development was packed with concerned property owners.
A public meeting about the development was packed with concerned property owners. (WAVE 3 News)

The Breakers at Prospect subdivision would mean over 80 new homes built between the Innisbrook and Sutherland neighborhoods.

Homeowners packed a public meeting Tuesday night to speak out against the proposal.

Neighbors are concerned about a number of things, including increased traffic and how this will impact the nearby nature conservation.

“We’d have more cars coming in front of our property, we have little kids -- of course we’d be concerned,” Sutherland resident Matthew David said. “There’s a lot of issues that need to be addressed.”

Real estate broker Stephanie Gilezan doesn’t have all the answers for them yet, her plans are still in the early stages. But, she’s sure the location is a good fit.

“I feel a serene privacy so I think anybody who moves into this development is going to feel the same way,” Gilezan said.

Bordering the Garvin Brown Conservation, the 50 acre horse farm is surrounded by developed housing neighborhoods.

More than 80 homes would be built on the 50 acres if the plan goes through.
More than 80 homes would be built on the 50 acres if the plan goes through. (WAVE 3 News)

“We want to do this property justice and not look like all the other neighborhoods that exist around it,” Gilezan said.

Gilezan wants to build 82 new homes by this time next year. She has already secured deposits on most of the lots.

River Fields executive director Meme Sweets Runyon said the current property owner did not offer to sell the property to them. Ideally, Runyon said the property would have become part of the nature preserve.

“Obviously from the comments about River Fields and Garvin Preserves, there were a lot of people who were supporters,” Runyon said. “You know you always hate to see land developed. Most people hate to see it and I understand that.”

Runyon and Gilezan have been in communication about the development and said they will collaborate through the process to limit the impact on the conservation.

Next, the developers will put together a formal proposal to send to the planning commission for approval. If it goes through, they hope to begin construction over the summer.

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